Minister vows to tackle corruption

2012-05-03 20:42

Cape Town - Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Thursday vowed to root out any corruption that might exist in the troubled marine and coastal management (MCM) unit.

Briefing reporters at Parliament ahead of debate on her department's budget in the National Assembly, she said the results of an investigation into MCM would indicate whether a commission of inquiry was necessary.

"We will be investigating the MCM unit of our department broadly. The outcome of that investigation will indicate whether a committee or a commission will be justified," she told reporters.

The investigation would be thorough.

Protect taxpayers' money

"If we need to suspend people, we will do so. We are here to protect taxpayers' money; we are fighting corruption in fisheries.

"We will not leave any stone unturned until we get to the bottom of what is happening in fisheries," she said.

Last month, Joemat-Pettersson announced there would be an investigation following the withdrawal of a controversial tender that was supposedly won by a division of JSE-listed company Sekunjalo, for manning and maintaining seven fisheries vessels.

Speaking in the House later on Thursday, she told MPs her department would ask the Special Investigating Unit to look into all tenders awarded by MCM.

"Regrettably, following extensive allegations of maladministration in the fisheries branch, and after extensive consultations with the department of justice and constitutional development and the presidency, we will be requesting the Special Investigating Unit to look into all tenders awarded by the branch."

Preparatory step

She stressed the investigation would involve "all tenders, and not just a specific tender".

This was a "preparatory step" towards a commission of inquiry.

The appointment of a commission of inquiry was up to President Jacob Zuma, and would depend on the outcome of the investigation.

Joemat-Pettersson said the SA Navy would manage the running of the unit's four patrol and three research vessels for the next 12 months, "while we consider our various options regarding the long term management of these vessels".

On the amount of abalone confiscated by the department last year and sold, agriculture director general Langa Zita told reporters this amounted to 22.5 tons.

The total had been sold for R45m, he said.

  • Piet - 2012-05-03 20:48

    Fire a couple off cadres and then resign please.....

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 20:54

      Talk, talk talk. Show us and we may believe you. We trust you as much as a perlemoen poacher...

      Burtfred - 2012-05-03 21:24

      Communist alert!

      Zip - 2012-05-03 21:31

      pettersen took 19 foreign trips in one year, most of them accompanying jacob zuma, and she talks about corruption?

      Slick - 2012-05-05 22:51

      The Minister talks about routing out corruption and fraud etc etc. MADAM ARE A LIAR! Why don't you tell the public YOU AND YOUR Department are part of the Heinous Cabal in Government facing a Claim in excess of R400 Million. Which was registered in Middle of 2011 with the NCC. That she and her Department have also been reported to the Public Protector for investigation. This for allowing Astronomical Fraud, Corruption, Collusion and Health Abuses against the unsuspecting public. Regarding either NON COMPLIANT AND OR INCORRECTLY MARKED,LABELED AND DECLARED FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS THAT ARE ADVERTISED,MARKETED AND SOLD ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET. This for more years than can even be guessed at! Her Department has been challenged to a Public Debate since 2010 but REFUSE to attend. REFUSE to inform the public as to what as been exposed and continues to be exposed by a MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC. Whose every complaint lodged against the DAFF has been validated by her very own dysfunctional, despicable, immoral & unethical department. AS CORRECT! DENY THE ABOVE, MADAM MINISTER.... I DARE YOU!! The public WILL soon be made aware and hopefully a massive percentage of these unsuspecting population will realize and comprehend what has been occurring against them and continues to occur against them UNABATED. Likewise WILL bring about the biggest CIVIL uproar and uprising South Africa has EVER KNOWN!

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-05-03 20:50

    Joemat-Petterson: What a waste of oxygen.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 20:51

    ja ja ja minister

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 20:52

    FeebleGastro i like your name bud hehehe.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-03 20:54

    ANC = African National Corruption

  • Gordon - 2012-05-03 20:59

    So many puns and phrases to play with... oh where to start.. A fish always rots from the head. Something is fishy here The fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line, waiting for a jerk on the other. Shes like a fish out of water She is a small fish in a big pond A women needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle Drinks like a fish. Are you going to fish or cut bait? There are bigger fish to fry... There are other fish in the sea. Thats a fine kettle of fish It could be like shooting fish in a barrel. But I think this one sticks... A FISH OUT OF WATER>

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 21:05

      Gordon, she's in over her head.. The ANC will swallow this spin(ner) hook, line and sinker...

      Godfrey - 2012-05-03 21:14

      Like it, but "Are you going to fish or cut bait" is more appropriate for the ANC caders, talk and no action.

      Smile - 2012-05-03 21:15

      SHe will be swimming with the fish. !

      Smile - 2012-05-03 21:30

      I smell something fishy!!!

  • Smile - 2012-05-03 21:02

    Well done !!! Any fight against corruption is well received! However, I think the taxpayers would like to see the results of your fight! Untill then I remain sceptical.

      Smile - 2012-05-03 21:14

      Nevermind minister... I have read your history and it looks like you are incompetant. :( That said! FIRE YOURSELF!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-03 21:04

    Countless complaints, petitions and finally 'outed' on Special Assignment before you do anything. Why, why, why does it always take public pressure before any action is taken?

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-03 21:05

    The same crooked idiot luny tunes minister that spends millions of our money on luxury hotels and trips to Sweden - "on business" And now she's going to "fight corruption" F**k, does she think we are all stupid?

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-03 21:33

      Obviously she does.

  • Vic - 2012-05-03 21:06

    Please, we've heard it all before! Corruption is the norm in the ANC and government.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-03 21:08

    "Minister vows to tackle corruption" Is she going to start with herself?

  • Mark - 2012-05-03 21:14

    I agree. Ms Pettersson, are you going to stand by your brave words when it counts? Will you really go against your cadres and Comrades? Lets see - what have you done for Agriculture so far, besides making us feel insecure on our land! No applause for you now - words are cheap Action or resign.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-03 21:17

    Can someone turn off this stuck record...

  • Stefaans - 2012-05-03 21:17

    Why don't they protect taxpayers lives too? Talk is cheap, madam

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-03 21:23

    deja vu ...yawn.

  • marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-03 21:30

    Ha ha ha, what a joke.

  • Manie - 2012-05-03 21:34


  • logen.naidoo - 2012-05-03 21:34

    Ok what's next.

      Mark - 2012-05-03 21:37

      Whats next? I guess she will pretend to do her job.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-03 21:38

    Phf...whatever... another minister vowin to stop corruption cause his buddies cut him out of a deal and since he cant get a tender NO ONE gets tenders.

  • Ken - 2012-05-03 22:24

    Tina, or is it Tuna?.....You are the biggest skelm of the lot!.....I smell a mackerel!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-03 23:49

    Maybe she doesn't know how well informed we are - and doesn't know that we know that she's as guilty as the rest of them

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-04 01:19

    Nou praat jy Joemat!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-04 06:20

    Like every Minister in government making promises for the public ear but nothing is really done, except talk and more talk. Also her statement to protect taxpayer money is a joke, or maybe she has a selective memory on how much taxpayer money she spent during the soccer world cup.

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-04 13:23

    This whole country is doomed due to the mismanagement of everyone in charge. Start setting the rules and keeping to it. You cant do a illegal arms deal or rape someone and get away with it like Zuma has. that is immoral.

  • Brian Craig - 2013-12-06 10:13

    Why do these "ministers" only come forward and say how they will "fight" corruption only once they have been proven to have their hand in the cookie jar!! Instead of being reactive you should try being proactive!! She has been caught granting tenders illegally to the tune of 800 mil and then she has the cheek to say publicly that they are protecting the tax payers money!! This is so ridiculous!! She then says she was threatened to grant the tender - Great job protecting the tax payers money!!

      Brian Craig - 2013-12-06 10:15

      Why did you not vow to fight corruption before the Honourable Thuli Madonsela (she actually deserves and represents such a title) caught you out red handed and exposed your lies to the public!!

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